United manager calls out Reds’ much talked about front man.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has raised the stakes ahead of his club’s meeting with arch-rivals Liverpool in the Premier League by claiming that Reds striker Luis Suarez is “laden with controversy”.
The Uruguay international has once again been the centre of attention this week following his winning goal at non-league Mansfield Town in the FA Cup third round on Sunday that was scored via the aid of his hand, while the striker was also banned for eight matches in 2011 and fined £40,000 after being found guilty of racially abusing United left-back Patrice Evra in a Premier League meeting at Anfield.
And, ahead of the eagerly-anticipated clash at Old Trafford, the Scotsman has called on referee Howard Webb to be especially vigilant when it comes to the antics of Suarez.
“I don’t know whether he enjoys, but it is something we hope we don’t suffer from ourselves,” Ferguson said in his pre-match press conference.
I never saw the game last Sunday, so it is difficult to say whether it was a deliberate handball.
“You will always support your own player, I don’t think that is surprising from Brendan [Rodgers].
“I have done it myself. It is just part of your loyalty to the player and protection for them too.
“I hope we don’t suffer from some of the decisions that have gone his way in terms of that. We want it to be a good game on Sunday.
“Over the years, the Liverpool-Manchester United games have been relatively free of controversy – nothing really sensational in terms of decisions that marred the game, and that is good.”
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